The Philadelphia 76ers didn't have the best season before and during the bubble. The team had high expectations entering the 2019/20 season but after dismantling the roster that was close to playing in the 2019 ECF, Philly had a hard time trying to find that same fire and they were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Now Doc Rivers has landed in Philly and has big plans for his team. Simmons knows they have a big chance to compete this season after all the moves they made in the offseason, but he's well aware of all the things they need to improve to have a deep playoffs run in the competitive Eastern Conference.
“We weren’t in a position to go into the bubble and win,” Simmons said via Vavel. “I think our mindset was off. Accountability is a huge part of winning. I think he’s definitely right. Bringing Doc and all of these guys in, Doc’s (Rivers) team, with all of these coaches around, the maturity has definitely risen with the team. It’s been great to see that and see guys be accountable for certain things, and come here ready with a different mindset.”
“There’s only so much that can happen with players and coaches and that’s on the players to make sure they’re held accountable, and if they’re not gonna listen and do certain things, they’re not gonna win,” Simmons said. “But I think it’s a great opportunity for us, being younger guys, to have somebody like Doc come in. We gotta get it done.”
The Sixers have a lot to prove this season. There is a lot of pressure for Simmons and Joel Embiid and they need to show they can play well together before the Sixers make a final decision on their futures. Simmons is entering the season with a different mindset, something that can be beneficial for the team.